Rebecca Kitching is an innovative jeweller based in Sheffield who creates quirky fun jewellery that is bound to make you smile and evoke your inner child. Using found objects, like brightly coloured toys and mechanical parts, she uses contemporary methods to transform them into tiny pieces of artwork you can wear. These found objects are combined with silver and techniques like granulation, oxidizing and photo etching to give them a unique twist. I especially like the way she combines her materials together, the juxtaposition of throwaway plastic and precious metal together is one of her signature styles.
She also cleverly makes moveable parts within some of her pieces (see below) so the wearer can interact with the jewellery and change it depending on their mood.
Rebecca has been a jeweller for eight years and started her career by completing an HND 3D Design and Crafts course at York College. She originally intended to take up furniture design, but after having dabbled with it she quickly realised it wasn’t her true craft and decided to spend the next two years learning and experimenting with many disciplines to find her true creative vocation…
After some fun learning forging and welding techniques she found herself making smaller and smaller pieces untill she started making jewellery. She then completed a BA Hons in metalwork and jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University, and the rest, as they say, is history!
"The weird and wonderful inspires me, small found objects, toys and also automaton contraptions fill me with curiosity to explore and adapt them to become jewellery."
"A healthy dose of humour is also very important to my work, I find the best thing about making jewellery is it’s so adaptable and fun and you can take it with you wherever you go."
Instantly fell in love with this ring as it instantly brought me back to my childhood. I was addicted to Lego and had eons of the stuff, this ring is made out of Lego flowers! Much of her work explores this theme of having naive or almost childish components transformed into a precious grown-up piece of jewellery with a fun twist.
Much of Rebecca’s work is designed to be played with too, like these ingenious interactive moving pendents. A scene moves and plays out as you turn the disc at the top…
Today we are pleased to have Rebecca share a day in her life. This girl is an early bird so she can cram as much creativity into her day as possible! We look forward to having her at one of our events in 2014. Read on below…
A day in the life of Rebecca Kitching, jewellery designer maker
My day normally starts nice and early at 6:30am, I feel lucky as my partner gets up for his job at 6:30am also so he normally gets downstairs first and makes me coffee with hazelnut syrup in as I rub the sleep from my eyes.
I never used to be a morning person but I really enjoy it as my brain is more productive at this time of day and it really does make you feel great for the rest of the day.
It’s normally still dark when I get to my workshop around 7:30am, well in the winter months anyway, it’s wonderfully quiet and peaceful as no one else is there yet. I start off by grabbing some breakfast and more coffee and sit down to the first emails of the day and also check any sites I am selling on to see if I have any sales or questions about a piece.
When there done that’s when the fun starts, let the making commence!!!
As many people may do, I pull out the trusty list and work my way through the jobs list I make at the end of each day for the following next day.
Solider this, polish that, whatever needs to be done, and these last few weeks have be chaos with the impending Christmas period just around the corner. I have a few craft fairs and some gallery’s wanting my work so I am on a tight deadline at the moment.
Around 11am-ish the post arrives, this is mini Christmas most days and today I have some nice new boxes and a last minute silver delivery, today is a good post day.
After a few hours of making most days ill break it up by spending an hour or so updating my website, online shops, blog, social media sites, things like that, social media sites have made a massive impact to the creative world. It makes it easier to advertise something you’re up to or are going to be doing but you have to be careful to not let it take over your day and just a few quick updates will do. Or ill instagram some things I have been making or works in progress to keep people interested and informed of what’s going on.
I’ll spend a few more hours back on the production line in the afternoon not forgetting the odd coffee break.
Today though I do have to send some work off to a gallery for a Christmas show so ill pack that up and post it on the way home.
Being a jeweller or perhaps another kind of creative type you can get a bit lonely some days because you’re spending a lot of time on your own in the workshop. But I am quite lucky as I have a business mentor I email most days and I meet up with once a month.
I ended up with a mentor after seeking help from the princess trust that help young people set up their own businesses.
They have been really supportive and helpful with grants and knowledge, or are there if I just need somewhere to go when you need an honest bit of business advice. That’s where my mentor comes in as every time we meet we discuss new ways forward and he helps with the dreaded accounts.
Today I have to do some silver patinating, it’s a bit of a smelly chemical process but I do love this effect as the piece is coloured a dark gun metal grey and when you polish up the raised areas to revel the silver it gives a lovely colour depth.
I will normally end the day by updating my in and out goings on my spread sheets while things are still fresh in my mind and also make a new to-do list for the following day.
Home time!!! I try to leave between 4:30-5:30pm so I’ve worked for a nice 9ish hours, but what happens most days is I get caught up in what I am doing and I am just enjoying it so much I don’t get out the door till nearer 6:00pm. I then rush home and perform my girlfriend duties of cooking our tea and singing loudly along to music as I do this, this is one of my favourite parts of the day if it’s been partially stressful as singing and cooking de-stress me and it’s the sign that’s it’s the end of the work day. Then we eat our tea and have a bit of cosy sofa time while I add more to my to-do list or do a bit of doodling.
All in all workshop days are good days,
Artist: Rebecca Kitching
We look forward to having Rebecca at one of our events in 2014!
Goodbye, untill next time!